We Conducted our My Body My Safety programme with the children who were attending YUVA’s LIfe skill workshop which was for the age group of 13 year to 18 year of age on the 4th and 5th of June 2017.
The student were really interested in the topics that were being covered and had a lot of questions that they asked. We covered topics such as Gender Sensitivity and how we inherently believe and follow stereotypes that are there in the society that we live in. Students had a tough time rationalising that other than the basic biological differences between a Men and Women there is no difference between them. Students discussed how men are eventually stronger in comparison to women and how they are more athletic. We discussed how there are people who have proved these stereotypes wrong such as athletes like Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Geeta Phogat who have established themselves as strong women and have worked hard to get out of the shackles put on by society. These examples helped the children share their understanding of the fact that there are all types of people in the world, strong and weak irrespective of which gender they belong to.
We also taught the children the correct name of their private body parts and the importance of knowing themselves better, as when there are any instances children lack the vocabulary to speak out and tell about their problems to the adults around them as the talk about their private body parts has never been initiated with them by no one else as it has always been looked down upon and something that is considered a taboo in the society.
Since this was a combination of students varying between the age group of 10yrs to 18 yrs they had varied questions which were addressed later on after the main session was over.